FDA has revolutionized their food safety regulations and continues its mission with requiring food facilities to register in their database. AIB International wants to remind our readers of the importance of regulatory deadlines and selecting appropriate food product categories.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or store food for consumption and distribution in the US to register or renew with the FDA database. Registration applies to animal product facilities as well. Facilities must renew every even numbered year between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. This is an assurance that the FDA will be permitted to inspect each facility.
Registration began at midnight on Oct. 1, 2016 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2016.
All facilities must renew even if they submitted their initial registration. If a facility has previously registered, review the information saved in the database and check that the correct category is selected. The categories aid the FDA's response time if there is a food-related emergency. These categories also help verify that imported products are correctly identified by where and when they were produced.
For more information:
- FDA Registration of Food Facilities
- FDA Guidance for Industry: Necessity of the Use of Food Product Categories in Food Facility Registrations and Updates to Food Product Categories